Butterfly Effect Coaching https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk Butterfly Effect Coaching is a Business Coach, provides Executive Coaching and Personal Coaching Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:44:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Nervous/Insecure Thinking in Business… https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/nervousinsecure-thinking-business Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:19:14 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2229 The post Nervous/Insecure Thinking in Business… appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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…is totally normal and there’s nothing you need to do to change it.

Everybody in business experiences nervous or insecure thoughts from time to time.  Let me say that once more.  EVERYBODY in business experiences nervous/insecure thinking.

I know I have.  You know you have.  I know that my clients have (they tell me).  I’ve had lots of clients that you might assume would never get nervous/insecure – and when I’ve told people about my own thoughts of nervousness or insecurity they’ve been surprised to hear it.

Nervous insecure thinking in business

Nervousness or insecurity is not a weakness.  It’s not something that you need to stop or change.  It’s a normal function of human thinking. Our thoughts are an energy.  They change all the time.  Just like the tide, the waves, the weather – whatever.  You think of something that changes frequently… our thoughts are like that.

The problem is that we live in a world where we’re constantly seeing or hearing advice about how to get our thinking “right”.  How to get rid of nerves or insecurity.  Working on this is about as fruitful as trying to pin the waves upon the sand (to quote The Sound of Music).

Working on ourselves in this way is suggesting that there is something wrong, when there isn’t.  It’s completely normal for us to experience “good” thoughts and “bad” thoughts.  It’s whether we buy into them and give them power, or whether we see them as inconsequential as that thought we had the other day about what would happen if we put syrup in the washing machine instead of soap.

We didn’t buy into that one, take it as an instruction, or make it mean anything.  We don’t have to buy into our nervous or insecure thinking either.  These thoughts do not mean anything.  We all have an inner business expert who is always with us and can offer us advice and guidance at any time.  Even when we feel nervous or insecure.  All these thoughts are telling us is that we are human.

Nothing more.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Access Your Innate Business Expertise https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/access-innate-business-expertise Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:47:53 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2223 The post Access Your Innate Business Expertise appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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For green/social businesses to channel their inner business expert.

I have many missions in life – one of them is to see green/social companies lead the way and set the agenda for business.  I put myself at the service of these organisations.  Not to teach/show you how to be successful – something much more useful than that… To teach you that you already have access to your own inner expert.  The best bit of advice I can give anyone in business is “don’t listen to expert advice”.  Just because something has worked for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work/is right for you.

 

Innate Business Expertise

You have innate business expertise…

Your wisdom always trumps the wisdom of someone else. If you look ‘outside’ for the answer, you will miss out on your own wisdom. My job is simply to guide you into an understanding of how your experience really works, and into knowing your innate capabilities.  This understanding will help you find the resilience to deal with challenges, the empathy to deal with staff, the creativity and innovation to have ideas and solutions, the peace of mind to take necessary risks, the energy to put in the hours, the confidence to close the deals, the personal connection to create deep connections with others.

Want to find out how this works?

The best way forward is to have a chat.  Either in person, by phone or Skype.  Let me get to know you and find out more about what’s going on in your world.  Then if I think that we have a good connection and I can add value to you, I will make some suggestions of how we can work together.  Just get in touch to arrange to talk.

I can also sit on your advisory board if you’re looking for people and need to tick that box.  I’ve got some pretty great stuff to bring to that. So have you.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Time Management Skills https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/time-management-skills Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:26:33 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2215 The post Time Management Skills appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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Running a Time Management Skills workshop and it overruns slightly.  Worst work day ever?  Actually, no.  

It was an hour’s workshop in a 1hr 15 minute time slot, and the ideas that the group were coming out with were too good for me to cut it short. To me, this really well illustrated the importance of building flexibility into your schedule. The problem many people have with Time Management is that they forget the human element, so try to regiment their time and plan to the very last second. When something crops up, this then throws the whole schedule out and they become de-motivated and end up not bothering!  Time Management isn’t about crowbaring things in.  It’s about prioritising what is important.

Time Management Skills serve a greater purpose than just getting more work done and being more efficient.  They enable a reduction in stress and a better quality of life (or work life balance as we refer to it nowadays). I went through exercises with the group to show them how they can do to cut down on time wasted, but there is a certain amount of workload that cannot be changed. This them comes down to prioritisation, and not letting your thoughts about your workload become overwhelming.

Thoughts about Time

Workload is what it is.  It is a person’s thoughts about it that affect whether it is stressful or not. Holding on to thoughts of how much work there is, and fearing that you might not be capable of doing the work in the limited time available is going to crush productivity and make you feel stressed about it. It may sound like a simple comment to make, but the following example of the difference between a lucky person and an unlucky person illustrates this a little further…

An unlucky person falls down a flight of stairs and breaks their leg. They then think to themselves “Oh this is terrible, I’ve just fallen downstairs and broken my leg, this sort of thing always happens to me, I’m so unlucky”. A lucky person falls down a flight of stairs and breaks their leg. They then think to themselves “Blimey, I’ve just fallen down a flight of stairs and only broken my leg, I could have broken my neck! I’m so lucky!”  All other things are equal, apart from their thoughts…

Time Management Skills for Business & Work…

These can be taught very easily.  I have mutliple tactics and organisation strategies that I teach business owners and company employees to put to work during their day to day. My Time Management work always goes further, into an understanding of the mindset that goes with it.  When stressful thoughts about time can be seen through as only thoughts, then you will find your productivity is better.  You have better ideas and more energy.  I focus on grounding this understanding first, then guiding the way with tools and techniques.

If you are interested in how you could develop your time management skills and improve your thinking around time management, please get in touch!

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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What do successful business owners do? https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/successful-business-owners Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:06:25 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2212 The post What do successful business owners do? appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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Successful Business Owners do things that everyone knows that they should do, it’s common sense stuff; but common sense isn’t always common practice.

Key things successful business owners do:

  1. Make time to work ON the business, not just IN it.
  2. Begin with the end in mind – always remembering what outcome they are after when setting out on a particular activity (e.g. networking)
  3. Do everything as effectively as possible.
  4. Let go of ‘perfection’, finished and out there is better…
  5. Accept that they can’t know everything and seek external input.
  6. Prioritise the Non-Urgent stuff too! Just because no one is screaming for it, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to their business.
  7. Have a success mindset.  If they didn’t believe in themselves and their products, their clients wouldn’t believe in them either.

State of Mind is key

Point 7 is the real key to success.  The previous 6 points are the obvious ones, and when your state of mind is in the right place, you will find yourself just doing these things.  You won’t have to make a specific effort to do them, it will just come naturally.  So what’s the difference between business owners who do these things naturally (successful business owners!) and those who don’t?  Successful business owners believe with conviction in themselves.  They know who they are, they believe in their product or service and they do not believe that their personal wellbeing will be affected by how successful their business is.  Therefore they have nothing to fear.

How can you get that state of mind?

It’s simply a case of knowing where thought comes from.  Knowing that you have access the all the capabilities that you could possibly need, and not giving power to any insecure thinking that you have.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t have any insecure thoughts.  Here’s a secret…

Successful business owners DO have insecure thoughts – they just don’t give those thoughts any more power than any other thoughts.

I can coach you one to one to help you with this understanding – which when you have it will allow you to know who you are and your innate capabilities.  It will allow you to let insecure thinking pass you by.  Check out my 3 principles page for more on this understanding.  I also do State of Mind seminars for business people.  My eventbrite page will have the latest events listed.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Resilience Culture Programme – reduce stress in your workplace https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/resilience-culture-programme-reduce-stress-workplace Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:36:07 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2185 The post Resilience Culture Programme – reduce stress in your workplace appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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For organisations where stress is a big issue.

One of my missions in life is to help awaken people to the truth that no matter what is going on around you – you are fundamentally okay. This understanding is the end to all emotional suffering.  In a workplace where stress and pressure are as common as cups of tea, this information could not be more worthwhile.  We all have this inner resilience that we can access in even the toughest of conditions…

 

resilience culture

Develop a resilience culture in your company

The Resilience Culture Programme is designed to create an environment in which people learn to turn to their own inner resilience to deal with apparent difficult scenarios, rather than resort to blame, shame, stress or suffering in silence.  The teachings happen monthly in small groups, so that those involved have regular tops ups from me, and can also turn to each other when their own understanding slips, to be gently guided back into knowing that they are fundamentally okay.

Create a culture of resilience, and you will also bring freedom from stress, improved relationships and empathy.  Better creativity and wellbeing to your workplace.  This can all be achieved without having to sign yourselves up to a company Tough Mudder (unless you really want to do one)!

Get in touch to build your company resilience culture

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Passion & Purpose Programmes for your team https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/passion-purpose-programmes-team Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:31:05 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2181 The post Passion & Purpose Programmes for your team appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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For companies wanting to empower their teams to achieve great things.

Every human being is capable of having New Thoughts at any moment.  Those new thoughts can be ideas or flashes of genius that can improve your company’s ability to innovate, to push forward with renewed passion and purpose, to solve problems and work more productively.

The only thing that would stop these new thoughts is lots of old stale ones being in the way…

The Passion and Purpose Executive Coaching programme helps your teams to understand where all of their experience and thought comes from, and how to look for New Thought, from that inner well of creativity that we all have, via removing the contaminated thoughts blocking them from coming to the surface.

workplace training passion and purpose

As an added bonus, the understanding that is uncovered on the Passion & Purpose programme will also help your teams to:

  • Become more resilient at times of stress
  • Empathise and connect with others
  • Find solutions to problems more easily
  • Let go of insecure or fearful thinking

How would it work?

I’ve called it a programme, but essentially we’d work out something bespoke that felt right for your organisation.  This could be something along the lines of:

  • A series of group sessions
  • A mixture of group and 121 sessions
  • 121 sessions only
  • Webinars

How many of these sessions you’d have and how long each would last would be designed specifically to the needs of your programme.  The first step is to get in touch.  I’ll come and meet you.  Assess your needs and aims and we’ll go from there.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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An Inside-Out Look at Life https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/an-inside-out-look-at-life Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:26:25 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2162 The post An Inside-Out Look at Life appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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How different would life be if we understood the truth that all of our experience comes from our thoughts…?  

If you knew this… and I don’t mean on an intellectual level – I mean if you knew this deeply – how much of a difference would it make to your life?  Just imagine if all of your insecure thoughts dropped away…  All of your beliefs about who you think you are.  All of your fears.  All of your expectations of other people and life events.  What if your happiness wasn’t weighed up against how you thought life should be?

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It’s all Inside-Out

Come and explore the inside-out understanding of life, and how just being around this understanding can create a ‘falling away’ of some of the thoughts and behaviours that haven’t been assisting you.  There’s nothing to do, only something to understand.  The Inside-Out look at Life event, held in Southend on Sea, is an opportunity to listen, explore and discuss the inside out understanding, or the 3 Principles.  Come and join us.  It’s an investment in you.  It’s 90 minutes of your month well spent!

Events run monthly

If 16th November 2017 has passed as your read this post – worry not, for these are monthly events.  Check out Butterfly Effect Coaching on Eventbrite to find what’s coming up.  If you are free and would like to join us for an Inside Out Look at Life Nov 17 – please register!

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Do You Communicate Your Business Message Effectively? https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/communicate-business-message-effectively Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:25:09 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2152 The post Do You Communicate Your Business Message Effectively? appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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If not, you are losing potential clients and selling your business short. This article contains some simple rules to follow to ensure that you communicate your business message effectively, so you can engage potential clients easily.

  1. Be clear. If you want to communicate your business message effectively you first have to be clear yourself on what the message is that you want to be giving out. This requires you to be aware of what the vision and purpose of your business really is. How often do you stop to think about that? Do it now. Is your business always communicating this message?
  2. Be consistent. For instance if you wish to communicate that your business is a professional and trustworthy organisation, then all of your communication needs to be delivered in a professional way, and provide information from trusted sources, or which can be backed up. Your website, business card, Linkedin Profile, Facebook page, and personal appearance and manner of speaking all need to be consistent with the message that you are professional and trustworthy.
  3. Be compelling. We are being communicated with all of the time, so our brains have learnt to be selective to what we’ll pay attention to. You message needs to be able to get through the noise. Is it currently doing that? If not, put yourself in the shoes of a potential customer and think about what is important to them. How can you capture their attention and prove that you can meet that need before they have passed their eyes over your message and decided to move on?
  4. Be believable. If you speak and write about what you do with confidence and passion, and back it up with testimonials, you will get business. If your voice is small and shaky and you can’t be positive about your business, you probably won’t. Transform the latter into the former (and get help to do so!)
  5. Get checked! Once you’ve reviewed your communication and improved it to be more effective, ask someone who has seen your message to tell you honestly what they think you and your company are all about. This is a great opportunity to find out what potential misunderstandings your future clients might have about your offering, so you can put your communication right.
  6. Tell them what to do next. Communication is part of an ongoing sales cycle. The most common mistake made by business owners is missing the opportunity to close the sale. If you don’t offer any suggestion as to what they should do with your message, then you will lose them. You message could be anything from “buy now” to “enter this competition” to “click on this page”. If you don’t give them a gentle push it’s an opportunity (and one you might not get again) missed.

Your sustainable advantage

If your business has something that stands you apart from the competition in terms of ethics, environmental responsibility, social policy etc – make sure you include this in your message! Customers want to do business with ethical companies. Make sure they know that yours is one.

If you would like some one to one help with your business, I coach and mentor business owners to ensure they are realising their full potential, personally and professionally. I offer a free initial consultation for business owners, Click here to go to my contact page and request your free consultation.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Business Mentor https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/business-mentor Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:15:18 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2138 The post Business Mentor appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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A Business Mentor is someone who can help provide some impartial, external input to your business. Who’s been there and made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Who can help guide you to more success.

Why are some businesses more successful than others? One of the reasons is business mentoring. It’s so important that many financiers would not lend money unless a Business Mentor is in place. So what can a Business Mentor give you that you can’t do for yourself?

 

Business Mentoring

Business mentoring for happy business owners!

External Perspective

One of the key things that Business Mentoring provides you with is a different perspective on what you are doing.  Different doesn’t mean better, it just means different.  All of your customers, suppliers and competitors think differently to you, so it’s wise to get different perspective on what you are doing in your business.  A Business Mentor may provide a perspective that you haven’t considered, identify an opportunity or potential problem.  This doesn’t mean that they are “better” at business than you. Their external and impartial perspective allows them the state of mind to identify things that you can’t/don’t see.

War Stories

Your Business Mentor (hopefully me!) has the dual benefit of not only having been there and made mistakes themselves – but also having learnt the war stories of their other clients and the mistakes that they have made. How helpful could it be to have someone working with you who is aware of common pitfalls on the path to business success?!  The caveat here is to remember that just because something didn’t work for someone else, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t work for you.  A good Business Mentor (like me) will help you to understand that your own wisdom trumps anyone else’s. It’s just helpful to have these war stories as part of your decision making process.

 

State of Mind Coaching

This might be where I differ from other Business Mentors, because my coaching qualification and 3 Principles understanding can be used to help business owners to be in the right state of mind for business and become more aware of when they are not operating at their best capacity.  We cannot underestimate the importance of this.  State of mind affects behaviour, which impacts upon performance significantly.  A healthy and clear state of mind is a gift for business owners, so using a Business Mentor who knows how to help you achieve this is a real advantage.  To find out more about how I can work with you, please get in touch.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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Being a Responsible Business Coach https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/blog/being-a-responsible-business-coach Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:38:41 +0000 https://www.butterflyeffectcoaching.co.uk/?p=2122 The post Being a Responsible Business Coach appeared first on Butterfly Effect Coaching.

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Being Responsible is good for business.  It’s what consumers want. Gone are the days of making profit regardless of the non-financial costs.

Joining the Organisation of Responsible Businesses

I’m proud to announce my membership of ORB.  The Organisation of Responsible Businesses.  As part of my membership I made the following pledge:

“I pledge to operate my business in an honest and ethical manner; to consider people and the environment when making business decisions; and endeavour to make a positive contribution to the local community and society at large.

 Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB). Responsible Business Member

Personally, I believe it’s really important for businesses who believe in doing ‘good’ business to be open about their practices.  This helps consumers to know that they are buying into a business who cares.  For me, understanding a company’s ethos has become a prerequisit to whether I will buy from them or not. This can mean spending a lot of time researching companies before making a decision.  The easier companies make it for consumers to understand their responsible ethos, the quicker the buying decision can be made.

What’s a Responsible Business Coach?

The role of a Business Coach is to provide support and enable motivation in Business Owners, usually who wish to grow. Providing external perspective and helping the owners to find their own abilities and feel empowered to grow their businesses.  To me, being responsible as a business coach means a couple of things.  Firstly, it’s about ensuring that the businesses I help are considering the wider impacts of the decisions that they make.  They are consciously aware of any impacts that they are having and all their practices are ethical and for the good of all whom they encounter.  This includes themselves, their team, their customers, supply chain, the local and global community and environment.

Secondly it’s about helping businesses for whom “being responsible” is a huge part of their business model, to also be successful.  To truly be a sustainable business, you have to be able to support yourself financially. Reinvesting year after year to ensure that you are able to keep making the difference you are making.  From time to time, businesses are set up with huge passion for the cause, but there are some areas where a little help is needed.  This may be things like managerial practices, knowing how to market effectively or run the business profitably.  Even if the business is ‘Not for Profit’.  No organisation will survive if it is making a loss year after year.  If this sounds like you, let me help you make your ethos part of your competitive advantage, and let’s really make a difference in the world!

 

Responsible Business Coach

Being responsible is good for business…

Find out more!

On Tuesday 7th November 2017 I’m jointly involved in running a business lunchtime workshop with Enterprise4Good.  Our workshop is called:

Driving Profits by Doing ‘Good’: A Triple Bottom Line Approach to Enterprise Growth.

It’s free to attend.  We’ll be sharing thoughts on what passionate and responsible business owners can be doing to be successful in today’s market place.  Book your place today!  Tickets are available on Eventbrite now.

Want to know more about how I can help? Drop me a line or give me a call. A successful coaching relationship depends upon a great rapport, so it’s important to talk. I want to get to know you, see inside your world and we can assess how we’d go from there!

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